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Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware
      07/04/12 06:26 PM
A couple of things... There are many millions of macs in use every day (over 75 million back in 2009 - maybe twice that today), if a virus writer is not interested in a market that size then perhaps it is because the market is too difficult to penetrate.

If the recent threat allows unrestricted access past your system password then it is indeed a virus, just like the ones that infect windows machines. This is astounding and I will eat my hat and my words if this is the case. I will continue researching this and return with any useful findings.

Quote DAGGILARR:

Found this: TEST4FLASHBACK this will download a little app that will tell if your machine is infected or not.




This is exactly the sort of thing that invites a trojan into your system! Please just stick with what Apple or an authorised local dealer or support centre tell you.

Quote Exalted Wombat:

Presumably. And if the MAC OS is as inherently immune to outside threat as it's reputed to be, it's difficult to see why these updates are necessary.




OSX sits on Unix. Unix has been developed from the ground up to be a secure system. Any system can be compromised by the unwitting. Perhaps the next security patch will check for the damage done by a user choosing to install and run test4flashback.

Back in the late eighties a reputable uk mac magazine accidentally released a virus on its cover disk. That is the only time in 28 years of using macs that I have been infected. I have never felt the need to use anti-virus software and I am firmly convinced (being the conspiracy theorist that I am) that those with the most incentive to write viruses are those who sell anti-virus software - I have, therefore, always been rather unwilling to subsidise their R&D costs. Those who come from the pc world and feel naked and exposed without anti-virus software, please feel free to install it. Those who don't feel this need can follow the mac news sites like macobserver.com and feel secure in the knowledge that those who are in the know will identify and deal with these threats long before they are an issue.

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* What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware DAGGILARR 06/04/12 03:37 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware Tui   17/04/12 06:56 AM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware arkieboy   17/04/12 07:36 AM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware 3rdConstruction   17/04/12 03:51 AM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware xFasterMikeyH   17/04/12 07:57 AM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware s_e_a_n   07/04/12 06:26 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware Dishpan   09/04/12 07:48 AM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware s_e_a_n   09/04/12 07:40 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware Dishpan   09/04/12 10:01 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware s_e_a_n   10/04/12 07:25 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware Dishpan   10/04/12 08:52 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware fletcher   07/04/12 06:56 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware arkieboy   07/04/12 11:18 AM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware fletcher   07/04/12 12:00 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware DAGGILARR   07/04/12 07:46 AM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware Bob Bickerton   06/04/12 10:49 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware Exalted Wombat   07/04/12 02:05 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware Dishpan   07/04/12 10:06 AM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware fletcher   06/04/12 10:54 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware s_e_a_n   06/04/12 08:52 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware Dishpan   07/04/12 10:04 AM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware fletcher   06/04/12 10:20 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware fletcher   06/04/12 07:21 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware DAGGILARR   06/04/12 09:07 PM
. * Re: What is the best way to protect a mac from viruses and malware ConcertinaChap   06/04/12 07:32 PM

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